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8 April 2003
[MILLAR, Kenneth ("John Ross Macdonald" 1915-1983)]. The Moving Target. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949.
8o. Original pictorial tan cloth; pictorial dust jacket by Bill English with an alleged photograph of "John Macdonald" on the back flap (spine panel lightly faded, few very faint dampstains, small chips and scuffing to extremities); cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST LEW ARCHER MYSTERY. "Lew Archer is a new private eye, one that sees deeper than most. He travels faster than most, and with stranger people" (dust jacket). Archer was an early prototype of private investigator as embittered ex-cop, viz.: "The money wasn't the main thing. I couldn't stand podex osculation. And I didn't like dirty politics. Anyway, I didn't quit, I was fired." Paul Newman made this role unforgettable in Harper, the 1966 film adaptation.
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